New monitoring network for Scottish ports
In the past, the ferries operating off the west coast of Scotland would have to sail to port to assess weather and tidal conditions would allow them to berth alongside the pier. In efforts to save time, fuel and costs, the Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), which owns many of the ferries, ports and harbors in the region, decided to install 15 tide and weather stations, using OTT technology. These stations also provide passengers with earlier warnings of potential ferry cancellation, as well as protect the crew from unsafe berthing conditions.
The technology used consists of OTT Radar Level Sensors. At two locations, it was not possible to install the OTT RLS, so the OTT CBS was installed instead. Included in the stations are Lufft ultrasonic weather monitors for meteorological data and an Adcon radio for telemetry. These 15 stations are currently in use and provide the reliable, consistent data the ferries require.